Live From Owings Mills: Jared Gaither Misses Practice Again

October 09, 2009 | Glenn Clark

3:37-Baltimore’s Haloti Ngata and New England’s Mike Wright were each fined $5,000 for their roughing the passer penalties in Sunday’s Ravens-Patriots game, according to the Boston Globe. Wright says he plans to appeal.

3:10-Injury Report:

WR Demetrius Williams-LIMITED-PROBABLE-Illness
LB Tavares Gooden-FULL-PROBABLE-Shoulder
LB Jarret Johnson-FULL-PROBABLE-Shoulder
DT Haloti Ngata-FULL-PROBABLE-Back

LB Rashad Jeanty-OUT-Finger
OT Andre Smith-OUT-Foot
RB Cedric Benson-FULL-PROBABLE-Hip
LB Rey Maualuga-FULL-PROBABLE-Knee
DT Domata Peko-FULL-PROBABLE-Chest
S Roy Williams-FULL-PROBABLE-Forearm

1:45-Hear from Coach Harbaugh NOW in the Audio Vault at Also, Ravens LB Dannell Ellerbe; Bengals LB Coach and former Ravens Assistant Jeff Fitzgerald, and Bengals Color Analyst Dave Lapham all joined Drew Forrester this morning on The Comcast Morning Show. You can hear from all of them as well.

1:40-Not much coming from John Harbaugh this afternoon-not that we expected anything different.

-The Coach offered “heartfelt condolences” to the family of Mike Zimmer; calling Vikki Zimmer’s death “very sad.”
-When asked if he expected Jared Gaither might be held back on Sunday, he said “I don’t expect anything”, and “we’ll see how it goes Sunday.”
-John said “focus was very good” in practice this week after last Sunday’s loss to New England.
-Harbs said he expected “tremendous intensity” from both AFC North foes Sunday, but admitted that the fact that 1st place in the division is on the line so early in the season is “not important.”

The locker room was particularly loose (as it is every Friday), but not as raucous or jubilant as it was last Friday before the game against the Pats. No media dodgeball, no slam dunk contests, etc. There was still some loud music, and an atmosphere of a team that enjoys spending time together.

12:00-From Adam Schefter’s Twitter page-The Bengals have announced that Defensive Coordinator Mike Zimmer’s wife Vikki has passed away. The two were married for 27 years. No details can be found immediately, including what it might mean for Cincinnati on Sunday. Certainly a very sad story; as both teams have now been touched by tragic deaths this season.

11:56-Jared Gaither was NOT out at practice again today during the very short time the media was allowed to watch. This means no practice for Gaither at all this week; which would make it seem unlikely that he would play Sunday. My guess is that John Harbaugh will defer to the injury report this afternoon; and Gaither will be listed as doubtful. But that’s just a guess.

Demetrius Williams (illness) returned to practice today.

11:37-Greetings from 1 Winning Drive, where the Ravens are holding their final walkthrough before Sunday’s game against the Cincinnati Bengals at M&T Bank Stadium. The biggest questions that loom regarding Sunday’s game are:

-Will Jared Gaither be able to go? He hasn’t practiced at all this week; and didn’t have the neck motion of someone who should be playing NFL football games when we saw him in the locker room yesterday. But he said he has a “great chance” to play, and John Harbaugh has continued to express optimism (as has OC Cam Cameron), which makes it seem as though it isn’t impossible we’ll see the big man in the lineup.
-Is Tavares Gooden still the starter? When asked yesterday if Tavares was good to return to the starting lineup, Greg Mattison responded by saying that Tavares, Jameel McClain and Dannell Ellerbe would all “play.” The old “answer a question by actually answering another question” trick. If Tavares ISN’T going to start, no one is saying it. But this comes on the heels of something I noticed earlier in the week-where the Ravens-Bengals press release said all 53 players were “healthy” at the start of the Patriots game-even though Tavares Gooden was a scratch the week after suffering a concussion against the Browns.
-How will the return game be handled? Lardarius Webb and Jerry Rosburg remained coy, but Webb has been handing the bulk of the kick returns in practice; and is expected to be the primary kick returner Sunday after a big return last week in Foxborough. Chris Carr is expected to remain as the punt returner.

Talk to you shortly.